The Gifted and Talented Education Program serves highly able 4th, 5th, and 6thgrade students from all schools in the Old Adobe Union School District located in Petaluma, California. For information about this year’s programs, please contact our Director of Curriculum, Craig Conte, at 765-4326
GATE Eligibility & Identification
The GATE Eligibility Process for identifying new GATE students begins in November of each year. New students are notified in December for the spring session of the program.
Referrals for screening for GATE eligibility can be made by teachers, administrators, parents, counselors, and the GATE coordinator. Parents may inform their teacher that they would like their child screened for GATE.
Multiple Criteria Score
GATE identification is based on a student's combined score on:
- Smarter Balanced-STAR-CELDT Tests: The scaled scores from the California Assessments in English-Language Arts and Math, STAR Reading and Math and the California English Language Development Test.
- Teacher/demographic Evaluation Scale: The scale is used as an additional tool to assess the GATE eligibility of referred students.
Identified students whose total Multiple Criterion Scale score places them among the top 5-10% of candidates at the intermediate grade level population become GATE eligible and are invited to participate in the GATE program.
Internet Resources for GATE Information
- California Association for the Gifted
- Hoagies Gifted Education Homepage
- Hoagies Gifted Education for students
- National Association for Gifted Children
- National Research Center on the Gifted
- Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
Internet Resources for Student Exploration
- National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (great math exploration)
- Smithsonian For Kids Education
- Free Rice - (build your vocabulary and donate rice to end world hunger at the same time)
- Book Lists (about being gifted, topics of interest to kids, classic literature, -- just explore!)
- NASA for Students (gr.K-4) NASA for Students (gr.5-8)